The Battle of Washington, DC, 51stst State is directed to the United States Senate, where it faces long odds with no support from Republicans and a key Democrat.
The committee for Homeland Security and Government Affairs A hearing will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. You can stream the hearing live on this page.
Speakers like DC Mayors Muriel Bowser and Deleanor Holmes Norton will be up for that Washington, DC Licensing Act DC, a statehood law passed by the US House of Representatives in April.
For the second time in less than a year, the US House of Representatives passed bill to make DC the 51st state. News4’s Scott MacFarlane reports on the district and its residents’ political victory.
The bill would create the new Washington state, Douglass Commonwealth, with one representative and two senators.
A piece of land with the White House, the US Capitol and the National Mall would remain a federal district.
Democrats campaigning for DC to join the union as a state say residents deserve voting in Congress.
“DC residents are taxed without representation and cannot agree to the laws that they must live by as American citizens,” Norton said in a statement. “[The] Hearing will be truly historic. “
The bill lists 45 co-sponsors but faces an uphill battle to get through the Senate.
West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he was against making DC a state through bill.
Many Republican leaders have spoken out against the law, saying that district voters will elect more Democrats to Congress.
The Senate last held a hearing on the state in Washington in 2014. WTOP reported.stateh